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JWP and England
at 22:38 18 Nov 2020

As much as I am a fan of JWP and I have been delighted with his performances last season and thus far this, I thought the reason he ruled himself out of the England squad because of a supposed injury, but here we are with photos of him looking good in training. I think he may have put a nail in the coffin of being considered for next years tournament.

Putting aside that he is one of our players I have never been happy with players of any club that drop out of Internationals with spurious injuries and then seem conveniently available and fit for the next club game.
Berlin 1945
at 23:14 9 Nov 2020

I appreciate not football related, but just watched 1 of 3 episodes (over tonight and next 2 nights on BBC4) on Berlin 1945 with graphic real accounts and footage from citizens, forced labour, soldiers and Jews that had hidden underground in fear for years of a city collapsing with the onset of the Russians.

It is amazing to see that despite the hopelessness of it all how many seemed to still believe that it was worth fighting right to the end.

If, like me, you find the 2nd World War and not just the battles etc but what made people behave the way they did and do the things that they did interesting then you will find this footage engrossing.
What do you all think about.......
at 21:53 8 Nov 2020

high profile managers of so called "top clubs" making a protest and call regarding what they perceive as fixture congestion, unfair scheduling, and the recalling of 5 substitutions? Do they have a point or is this a case of an "elite few" trying to call the shots again?

My personal instinct is here is the same clubs trying to dictate the agenda just as they tried on the reduction of the league and then on some European league. But, if I take off my Southampton FC glasses do they have a point ? I am struggling to see it, because like most PL clubs they have a squad of 25 players (or whatever it is) and no one says they have to pick the same 11 for every game. With success comes more games - they moan if they don't have success and then when they have it, they moan about the number of games. On the 5 subs thing that was a temporary measure for the restart last season. We are not in a restart and will the 5 subs thing merely just benefit those with the larger quality squads?

Where I do think there is a valid point are the International fixtures. During the last round of internationals and then this one coming up why have the FA added a friendly in which no one wants to risk playing in? New Zealand was cancelled so they have added Ireland in, but why and to what point?

I just thought I would see what some of you fellow forum followers think. I am not sure whether my attitude is one that is stuck in the past and out of touch which I concede is quite possible.
at 16:19 7 Nov 2020

It looks like I may have to eat my words and pleasingly be proved completely wrong. I have to admit I saw no future for Vestergaard at Saints. He seemed wooden, incapable of doing the basics, despite his height seemed easily beaten when defending in the box and absolutely incapable of turning and running when an opposition players was running past him. I used to go cold when I saw his name on the team sheet.

I barely recognise the player that I describe above. He is now commanding, seems to be a leader and is as important in getting the ball forward as he is as the last man. He looks happy and looks unflustered. I still think on a one on one he can be slow to turn but he has been as important to our season thus far as anyone else. I don't know what has changed or when or how but whatever Ralph and the coaching staff have done then I have to commend them. Long may it continue.
Feeling good about the result today
at 21:22 17 Oct 2020

I did not have the privilege of watching the game today and had to rely on the radio commentary but I was delighted with the way we came back, never gave up and fought to the very last whistle. Pre-Hassenhuttl we would rarely played to the last minute, in fact we often lost games in the dying moments of a match.

I am not deluded, clearly we still conceded 3 goals today and we went 2-0 down quite early in a game which we cannot afford to do too often and hope to get away with it and we still have a poor record overall against the top sides, but for now I am going to enjoy the result for what it is and what sounded like a fighting spirited performance and looking forward to MOTD.
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